It's August, which means that school is starting pretty soon. I'm in that mode right now where it's like I know that I'm heading back to school but it hasn't really set in yet, but I keep trying to prepare myself for going to school by telling myself all these things that I intend to do when I get there.

However, it had always just been in my mind, some things popping up and fading away like afterthoughts. The other day, I was listening to Spotify when an ad came on. It was an ad for post its and it stated that you're more likely to get things done if you write them down. As a result, I decided that it was about time that I put those ideas on paper. These are my new school year resolutions.

Related: Why You NEED New School Year Resolutions

01 | start being fearlessly me.

One of the things that I tend to do is choose to do all the things that other people are doing in a desire to fit in. This school year, I intend to try and do things because I want to. I need to stop waiting around to take cues from other people and start paving my own path. This might mean that I stand beside my own principles even if they are different from others' or it might mean that I stop being embarrassed of things that I think others will perceive negative.

02 | take more initiative.

I thought about writing this as "be more assertive" but that can be construed as negative. This relates to #1 in a sense that I want to take more initiate and assert myself as me more, but I want to not only be able to act like myself and be myself, but I also want to be able to be unafraid to assert my own opinions and my own rules.

03 | get involved more. 

I'm lazy. I'm a lazy person. I don't like getting involved, I like to do the things that I'm already comfortable in. This new school year, I intend to get more involved - whether that means in general activities, academics, social life, I intend to start getting out and taking more action.

04 | be more social.

One of the things that I feel that I am terrible at is being social. One of my friends mentioned that we're (meaning me and her) are kind of homebodies. We like to be at home, relax, be comfortable, and spend a lot of time by ourselves, as we're both introverts. There's nothing wrong with that, but I feel that this leads me to being very insecure about my social abilities. I can't tell you how many times I've said things and immediately after I've thought "Wow that was terrible I hate myself" or how many times that I've felt awkward socializing with people. I want to start shedding that awkwardness and learning to be more comfortable being social.

05 | take advantage of my own education.

Even though we complain about it, everyone at school is there for a reason. I definitely feel like I take education for granted and I want to stop doing that. It's about time that I appreciate the fact that I can have an education and take advantage of all the benefits. This means that I intend to be more active in class and not let myself slack (aka skip classes and get lazy on assignments). I understand that this may be a little optimistic as I'm probably still going to slack sometimes (you need some balance!) but I want to have that reminder in my head for those times that I am beginning to get lazy.

06 | take proper care of myself.

Along with taking advantage of my own education, I have to make sure that I don't let my education burn myself out. I want to start exercising more often and do some yoga as a nice refresher from all the school stuff. I guess that I just want to remind myself that a part of not taking my education for granted would also be not taking myself for granted. There are ways that I put myself first in a lot of ways, which I've mentioned a lot through self care blog posts, but there are still more ways that I can care for my body and my mind.

What are your new school year resolutions?

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